“To encourage cancer patients and families on
their journey by offering HOPE through emotional and spiritual support,
while providing practical services to improve the quality of their lives.”
Lois & Diana Thomi
In 1982, Lois Thomi was
diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer. The difficult
months of chemotherapy and radiation treatments that followed were a time
of fear and loneliness because she felt that no one understood what she
was going through. The turning point came when a former cancer patient
offered Lois encouragement. It was this act of caring that prompted her to
found this organization in 1983 with the help of her daughter, Diana.
a local cancer support group, Victory in the Valley (VV) has expanded its
services with the goal of providing practical assistance, spiritual
support, and encouragement. The Lodge at Victory in the Valley was
purchased in 1986 to provide lodging for out-of-town patients who were
receiving medical treatment in Wichita. Since that time, patients have
been served from over 350 cities in KS. Beginning in 2007,
lodging assistance is now offered by VV through a medical rate established
with Cambridge Suites, Kansas Inn, and Wesley Inn, with a referral from
the cancer patient's oncologist. Victory in the Valley has grown
into a comprehensive cancer support organization that served patients and
families last year, providing over 96,000 support contacts.
Through the generosity of others, all
support services are provided at no charge.
Lois retired in 2003 and her
daughter, Diana, continues serving as Executive Director.
Diana Thomi RN, BS, Executive Director
Mae Richardson, Assistant Director
Eunice May, Executive Assistant